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OTF: Neuvirth Back In, MacDonald Out

News, Notes & Quotes to come out of the morning skate in Vancouver

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers

Some news & notes to come out of the morning skate at Rogers Arena prior to tonight's game:

- The Canucks had just a handful of players participate in their morning skate due to it being the second of back-to-backs.

Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins did confirm that Ryan Miller will get the start against the Flyers. It will be the second straight start for Miller, who stopped 35 of 36 shots in last night's 2-1 overtime win over the Flames.

- For the fourth straight game, Michal Neuvirth will get the start in net for the Flyers. He hopes to rebound after allowing six goals in a loss to the Oilers in Edmonton, but prior to that had been on a roll, allowing just two goals or less in his last six games.

"Neuvy's been the guy that has been in a bit of rhythm for us and he's done a pretty good job, so he'll go back in tonight," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol.

"It is what it is. You have to be ready any time and any day. It's another great opportunity for me and it will be a good challenge," said Neuvirth, who also stated that the more he has been playing, the more comfortable he gets.

Neuvirth has only faced the Canucks four times in his career, splitting the contests with a 2-2-0 record and a .911 save percentage and 3.25 GAA.

- Dale Weise returns to the lineup tonight and will be on a line with Sean Couturier at center and Jakub Voracek on the other wing.

"It's a pretty good opportunity to play with two pretty good players," said Weise. "For myself, personally to get back into the lineup is pretty huge, so I want to have a good game tonight."

Weise played parts of three seasons with the Canucks and admitted that this one is a little more exciting for him to be able to come back into the lineup and play.

- Hakstol also announced that defenseman Andrew MacDonald will be out of the lineup tonight and sees it as an opportunity for him to rest as he has logged a lot of minutes this season. 

"It's an opportunity to rest for [MacDonald]. He's played a huge part in everything we've done and will continue to do so moving forward. He's played a lot of minutes," said Hakstol.

MacDonald will miss his first game since Nov. 19 at Tampa, breaking a streak of 39 straight games, 21 of which he has logged over 20 minutes of TOI.

MacDonald's usual d-partner, Ivan Provorov, was seen taking rushes at the morning skate with Brandon Manning.

It will be a switch from one side to the other for Manning, but Hakstol is confident in what he has seen all year from the young defenseman.

"He's done a pretty good job of it. I think if you look at his history through this year, he's been pretty efficient in making that transition. Is it easy? No, I don't want to label it as easy because I don't believe that's the case but he's been able to do it pretty efficiently through this year."

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